Tag Archives: water supply

AquaCharge reuse planning tool offers unconventional routes to water security

Conventionally, only two strategies exist for urban water utilities to increase water supplies on a municipal scale: stormwater reuse and wastewater reuse. As separate processes that require separate infrastructure, piping costs, and specific land-use requirements, most utilities invest in one process over the other. However, as drier parts of the world teeter on the brink […]

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Orange County works with U.S. Army Corps to bolster groundwater supplies

To reduce dependence on water imported from Northern California and the Colorado River, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; Fountain Valley, Calif.) is collaborating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to maximize the area’s stormwater capture capabilities. From July 2016 through January 2017, the height of California’s flood season, Orange County experienced rainfall […]

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Researchers seek to unlock stormwater to alleviate Texas drought

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a $42,800 grant from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (San Antonio, Texas) and San Antonio River Authority to support research that would treat stormwater so that it can be used by San Antonio. According to a USTA press release, San Antonio deals with both […]

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Joan Rose wins 2016 Stockholm Water Prize

Michigan State University (East Lansing) professor Joan Rose has been named the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her contributions to global public health including her research on microbial risk to human health in water. Announced at the United Nation’s World Water Day celebration in Geneva, professor Rose — who has dedicated her professional life […]

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Colorado River Named America’s Most Endangered River

American Rivers recently released a list of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S. At the top of the list was the Colorado River, which supports more than 36 million people and sustains a variety of uses, from farming to recreation to habitat for endangered wildlife. Due to drought and increasing demand, the […]

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NGWA Announces National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 10 to 16 is National Groundwater Awareness Week. Stormwater is intimately tied to groundwater. About one-quarter of all U.S. rainfall becomes groundwater, according to the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). Groundwater also feeds streams. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 30% of U.S. streamflow is from groundwater, though this number varies by location. Finally, […]

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Melbourne Runoff Could Become State Property in Australia

A desalination plant that sits idle outside of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, highlights the difficulty of long-term water supply planning. The $3.5 billion desalination plant was designed during a period of drought. However, in the last 3 years, severe flooding has occurred, leaving Victoria reservoirs full. According to news sources, annual stormwater runoff in Melbourne, […]

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California Dreaming – Advancing an Integrated Approach to Stormwater Management

Written by Alex Sandu and Simon Bluestone with MWH (Broomfield, Colo.) From flood control to water quality concerns, the stormwater paradigm has continued to shift in California. Now, as a result of increased water demand and scarcity issues, the state is searching for ways to leverage stormwater as a supply. The struggle lies in meeting […]

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